April 29, 2014
2014 All-MPSF Women's Water Polo Selections
2014 MPSF Player of the Year
SAMI HILL #1 JUNIOR GK UCLA
UCLA redshirt junior Sami Hill (Santa Barbara/Dos Pueblos HS) owns a career-best 5.05 goals-against average heading into the NCAA Tournament, averaging 10.09 saves per contest. Both statistics rank second in the MPSF through the conference tournament. She stopped 23 shots over 2.5 games of cage time during the MPSF Tournament, facing 37 shots on goal, earning all-tournament honors. In the regular season finale at USC, Hill recorded 15 saves (six in the decisive third quarter) and gave up just four goals as the Bruins earned a key late season win. Hill has earned an MPSF postseason award in each of her first three years, making the all-newcomer team in 2011 and second-team all-conference in 2013. This is the seventh MPSF Player of the Year award for the Bruins, all since 2005 (Caitlin Dement-'12, Jillian Krause & Courtney Mathewson-'08, Kelly Rulon-'07 & '05, Natalie Golda-'05).
2014 MPSF Newcomer of the Year
DORA ANTAL #3 FRESHMAN ATTACKER CALIFORNIA
California freshman Dora Antal (Eger, Hungary) wasted no time in making her mark on
the collegiate stage. In three of the first four weeks of her career, she was named MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week, including the first week after scoring a hat trick in her collegiate debut. Antal proceeded for six-goal games against Michigan and UC Davis, tying for the second-most single-game scoring by an MPSF player this year. Antal has poured in 71 goals on the year entering the NCAA's (Cal's third-ever bid), becoming the first Cal Women's Water Polo Player since 1997 (Alisa Von Hartitzsch) to lead the MPSF in scoring average (2.96 GPG) through the MPSF Tournament. She was also the lone freshman to earn All-MPSF Tournament honors this year, scoring in each game and combining for five of her six goals in a pair of overtime victories. Antal is the first ever California MPSF Newcomer of the Year.
2014 MPSF Coach of the Year
JOHNNY BEGA HEAD COACH FIRST YEAR SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State interim head coach Johnny Bega has done a phenomenal job with the Spartans under incredibly challenging circumstances. In December 2013, after seven years on staff, he was named interim head coach following the untimely passing of long-time head coach Lou Tully. San Jose State won 20 games this year, its fourth such production in program history. Three of those wins came against the nation's top-eight. Freshman Clara Espar Llaquet poured in 96 goals, a total the conference had not seen since 2001. The 2014 Spartans finished the season as the highest scoring team in school history with 393 goals. This is the second MPSF Coach of the Year award for the Spartans. Following the 2009 season, the program's second 20-win season, Tully was honored.